Who should buy the Air Jordan 8 Retro

This Air Jordan basketball shoe is a great match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with excellent traction to execute smooth plays on any court
  • You are after a pair that offers great support and comfort during games
  • You prefer a basketball shoe that can be used for basketball but can also rock the streets

Air Jordan 8 Retro shoe logo

Who should not buy the Air Jordan 8 Retro 

Several basketball players complained that the Air Jordan 8 Retro lacks breathability and is quite heavy. Consider checking out Air Jordan 34 which many consider one of the lightest Jordans or Air Jordan 31 if you are after a shoe that lets your feet breathe.

High-quality materials for the key player

Most of the Jordan 8 Retro owners say that the leather in the upper is of high quality. Some share that they love how buttery and soft the leather feels to the touch. Another satisfied buyer said that the shoe’s quality is well worth the price paid.

Air Jordan 8 Retro toeboxx

Because of the soft and premium leather, some of the reviewers say that this basketball shoe from the Jordan brand doesn’t need much break-in time.

Superb comfort, superb midsole

A few verified buyers commented that the shoe is one of the most comfortable Air Jordan shoes they’ve worn. Many buyers note that they feel great whenever they wear the shoe. One comments that he feels like he’s rich when wearing this shoe.

Originally, the Jordan 8 featured a Polyurethane midsole. It later switched to a more stable foam called Phylon. This foam encapsulates two separate Air units, one at the forefoot and one at the heel.

Air Jordan 8 Retro shoe midsole

Traction that won't disappoint

Regardless of the outsole being mostly flat, a lot of users observe that traction works well. Several key players commend the Jordan 8 Retro's traction because it outperformed some other basketball shoes that feature the classic herringbone pattern.

Air Jordan 8 Retro shoe outsole

Much of the shoe’s traction area is rough and flat with holes of different sizes scattered all over.

Runs true to size

According to many players, this shoe runs true to size. If purchasing online, go with your standard Air Jordan basketball sizing.

Air Jordan 8 Retro shoe heel

Impressive lockdown and ankle support

Other than the traditional lacing system, the shoe features a unique leather cross-strap. The strap starts from the base and crosses over to the opposite side of the shoe, pulling the ankle and maximizing the shoe’s hold on the foot.

Air Jordan 8 Retro back

Several users feel that the high-top collar and the decoupled midsole provide great ankle and arch support, while some love the inner sleeve as it makes the Jordan 8 Retro feel so plush.

Snug fit yet heavy

People who bought this pair said that the shoe feels very snug and secure because of the leather cross-straps on the upper.

Air Jordan 8 Retro lockdown

However, some expressed their complaints regarding the shoe as heavy. At 18 ounces, sneakerheads consider this pair to be the heaviest Jordan sneaker, and some players commented that it weights them down.

Not breathable enough

Some unsatisfied buyers complained that the Air Jordan 8 Retro is too hot on summer days and that the lack of ventilation has caused them to develop Athlete's foot.

Air Jordan 8 Retro shoe side

Air Jordan 8 Retro: What makes up this shoe

Involving several layers, the Air Jordan 8 Retro has an internal padded cleatie that is reminiscent of the Jordan 7. A perforated external layer, usually made of leather, suede, or nubuck depending on the colorway, covers the cleatie. This outer shell is also overlaid with other different materials such as the molded synthetic material on the ankle collar and leather on the cross-straps.

Air Jordan 8 Retro upper

A TPU plate makes up the sides of the heel, providing support and heel lockdown. Phylon is used on the midsole together with Nike’s classic Air unit, while the outsole utilizes a solid rubber compound. The recessed area on the shoe’s bottom allows for a smooth ride.

Style of the Air Jordan Retro 8

Released after Tinker Hatfield’s 1992 outdoor-only Air Raid basketball shoe, the Air Jordan 8 fashions a similar strap that runs across the upper. Built for functionality and style, the strap not only delivers a solid lockdown but also adds multi-dimensional aesthetics.

Air Jordan 8 Retro side midsole

Additionally, the bold colors of the TPU side panels and the Chenille Jumpman logo on the tongue add a unique flair and personality.

Colorways of the Air Jordan Retro 8

The Air Jordan 8 has been re-released in other colorways. The following are some of the most recent ones:

  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Cool Grey
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro White/Metallic Gold/Varsity Red
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Black/Metallic Gold/Varsity Red

Even so, the most popular ones will always be the first three colorways: Bugs Bunny, Aqua and the Playoffs.

Air Jordan 8 Bugs Bunny

The Air Jordan 8 Bugs Bunny colorway was a product of the Nike Air Jordan and Warner Bros. collaboration in 1992. The shoe features a predominantly white upper with hints of red and Bugs Bunny gray. The color combo extends into the midsole while black detailings are added to the tongue and straps to complete the look.

Air Jordan 8 Aqua

Worn only once by Michael Jordan on the NBA All-Star Game in 1993, the Air Jordan 8 Aqua features a black upper with pops of concord and turquoise on the shoe’s midsole and Chenille tongue.

Air Jordan 8 Playoffs

Michael Jordan wore the Air Jordan 8 Playoffs during the 1993 NBA Finals where his team won against the Phoenix Suns in a 4-2 series. The shoe takes after the Aqua colorway’s black upper; but it has red, gray, and concord detailings on the midsole and outsole.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 510g
Top: High
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Strap, Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Retro / Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Grey / White / Green / Blue / Red

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.